“I’ve heard this one before...” Before your jaded ass goes on assuming things, there’s reason to believe that this year, or next, could really be the year of the Supra. Don’t believe us? Think about this:
Lexus just built a brand new sports car with a brand new platform (LC 500). That’s a lot of R&D invested for just one car. In the same way that the Audi R8 is a less Italian version of the Lamborghini Huracan, a new Toyota Supra will likely be a less Lexus-y version of the LC 500.
Toyota won’t put a Supra badge on a car if BMW is involved. Remember the whole BMW/Toyota joint project? That’s probably going to spawn a Z4 and a smaller Toyota convertible, not a new Supra. Toyota told us back in 2013 that a new Supra would be as pure as virgin’s blood (not a direct quote), that’s why the jointly-developed FR-S was named as it was.
The Supra would go head-to-head with the Corvette. If we’re gauging the new Supra based on the FT-1 concept, basing it on the new Z4 platform wouldn’t make any sense. That’s like a 200-horsepower difference. And we seriously doubt BMW will move the Z4 upmarket with the M4 and i8 still around.
People. Want. A. New. Supra. Not just people, either, actual buyers. It’s probably the most logical reason for Toyota to build a new Supra. People will buy it. Nostalgia sells, and the Supra is one of the biggest slices of nostalgia in automotive history.
Just give the people what they want, Toyota.